Wear a bonnet, raise money for HIV prevention services — It’s time for Easter Walk Long Beach

The beauties donned their best bonnets for Easter Walk Long Beach and raised money for HIV prevention and treatment services. Photo: Easter Walk Long Beach

LONG BEACH — Expect some shenanigans this weekend as drag queens will dress in their Sunday best and Easter bonnets and stroll along Broadway making stops and taking shots for charity.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Easter Walk Long Beach is an annual fundraiser for the C.A.R.E. Program, the region’s largest HIV/AIDS treatment program. All money raised will be given directly to the C.A.R.E. Program.

On Saturday, Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach will host the event’s 21th anniversary party at 7 p.m.

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Easter Walk Long Beach was founded by Rick White in 1997. He retired from the event about 15 years ago.

White passed the Easter bonnet to drag diva Jewels, who has been mistress of ceremonies.

Here are the seven venues that will participate on Sunday in Easter Walk Long Beach:

  • 11 a.m. Hamburger Mary’s
  • 2 p.m. Broadway Cocktails
  • 3 p.m. Sweetwater Salon
  • 4 p.m. The Falcon
  • 5 p.m. Mineshaft
  • 6 p.m. The Brit
  • 7 p.m. The Silver Fox

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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